It’s such a fun activity to let your hamster loose and have them roam around a room. It gives you the ability to interact more closely with your hamster and allows your hamster to explore more of the world outside their cage. Naturally, it’s a win-win situation for everyone.
But there are a few things you should know before letting your hamster out. Our furry friends are excellent at hiding, making escapes, sneaking through tiny cracks and crevices, and more.
That’s why this article was created! To give you the knowledge of everything you need to know before letting your hamster out free to roam around your room.
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Is It Okay to Keep a Hamster In Your Room?
Yes, it is okay and actually a great idea to keep a hamster in your room compared to other more loud or open spaces, such as the living room or kitchen. Hamsters prefer areas that are out of the way and not as busy, which would generally describe most bedrooms in a home.
As mentioned in another article about hamster sleep, hamsters are not predatory creatures in the wild. They’re actually prey for a lot of animals. That means they are constantly worrying about their environment and safety. As a result, they prefer quieter, sometimes even darker spaces that are out of the way.
Now, that may not describe your bedroom, but it certainly doesn’t describe the more common rooms of the home, such as the living, dining room, or kitchen.
As a result, it’s extremely common and completely okay to keep a hamster in your room. As long as you aren’t blasting music through speakers or keep other animals, such as cats in your room as well, you shouldn’t have a problem.
Should I Let My Hamster Out Of Its Cage?
Yes, you can absolutely let your hamster out of its cage to roam around and explore its more open environment. But you should always make sure of a few things before doing so:
- Close all doors
- Remove other pets
- Block off areas behind or under furniture
- Put their food and a bed in the room
Hamsters love to explore, especially when they’ve been living in their cage for an extended period of time. That’s actually why hamster tubes exist, so they can explore from the safety and comfort of their cage.
And talking about safety, when you let your hamster out of its cage, make sure to remove all other pets from the room first. This is step #1 and the most important. No dogs, cats, bunnies, or any other pet in the room when your hamster is roaming around.
Once your hamster is out and exploring, that doesn’t mean they won’t try to escape or hide when put in a large open area, such as a bedroom. In fact, there’s a good chance your hamster will immediately try to find a hiding space that will make it hard for you to get to them. Hiding places like under or inside furniture, behind dressers, and in couch cushions.
That is why it’s always a good idea to block off areas that will make it hard for you to reach the hamster. So try blocking off the areas under or behind your furniture to prevent your hamster from hiding there.
And if they don’t try to immediately hide, you can bet they’ll eventually try to escape. That’s why it’s so important to close any doors before letting your hamster loose in your room.
Finally, you should try to make the outside of your hamster cage as comfortable as the inside. So taking a few pieces, such as an igloo, wheel, food bowl, or bed and putting it on the floor of your room goes a long way. It will help your hamster feel more comfortable, relaxed, and likely to enjoy the space a bit more.
So yes, you can let your hamster out of its cage, but make sure to follow these rules to prevent any mishaps or accidents.
Can I Let My Hamster Run Around My Room?
Yes, you can and should let your hamster run around your room to give them more exercise, exposure to the world outside their cage, and allow you more personal interaction with your furry friend. Letting your hamster explore is an important part of their development.
Hamsters, like most animals, haven’t evolved to spend their entire life in a small cage. While they should live in one while in your room, it’s important that hamsters can get outside their cage and exposure to a larger environment. They like to explore and see what else is out there.
It’s not bad to have your hamster explore your room, but make sure that the door is closed and you’ve blocked off any areas where they can escape, such as air vents, closets, or under heavy furniture.
And as always whenever your hamster is out of their cage, make sure you are supervising them at all times. Hamsters are slippery little creatures and they can quickly get out of your sight and lost in your home. And it’s much easier to keep an eye on your hamster while they’re in your room then trying to find them in your house.
But if you did lose them in your house, don’t sweat. Just check out this article on how to find a lost hamster in a house.
Can Hamsters Run Around the House?
You don’t want your hamster running around your house or being an outdoor hamster (if that’s even a thing), but some open bedroom time is more than enough to assist in their development and pique their curiosity.
That’s why it’s important to let your hamster run around your room from time to time. At least a couple times a week is ideal so they can find time outside their small cage. Giving them room to explore and run around is important. After all, would you like it if your only exercise was a treadmill when you live in a small bedroom?
But before you let your hamster roam the room, you need to make sure it’s hamster proof first. Hamsters will try and escape or they can get hurt, so it’s important to take the right steps before letting them loose.
How to Hamster Proof a Room?
Before letting your furry friend out of its cage, here is how you can hamster proof a room:
- Remove other pets from the room
- Close all the doors and windows
- Block areas under or inside furniture
- Create a small pen to keep them enclosed
- Take elements from their cage and put them in the room
The most important thing is to keep your hamster enclosed and safe in your room. Hamsters love to hide and if given the opportunity, they will hide anywhere and everywhere. Including crevices that you probably can’t reach. We’ve even seen hamsters somehow make their way under carpet.
As a result, it’s best to clean up and temporarily hamster proof your room in a way that closes off those tiny cracks and crevices. Removing access to go underneath the furniture, closing all doors and windows, and of course removing other pets from the room is absolutely necessary.
But if your’e still worried, try making a small enclosed pen for your hamster to explore. You can start small and slowly work your way up to a larger area over time. After all, going from a small hamster cage to an entire room may be daunting for a little hamster. But going from a small cage to a slightly larger area can be comforting.
Can I Let My Hamster Roam Free?
No, you should not let your hamster roam free unsupervised because they can get stuck, lost, chew wires, or accidentally get kicked or stepped on when you don’t know where they are in your home.
The most important concern when allowing a hamster to explore is their safety and well being. We all know that hamsters are tiny little animals, which means they can easily get hurt in larger environments. Not to mention that you may not see your little furry friend when walking through your house. And in the worst scenarios you may kick or move a piece of furniture on top of them causing serious harm.
Hamsters may also find themselves getting into toxic materials, dangerous areas, or encountering other animals in your home. All of these are safety issues and it is best to keep them enclosed safely in their cage or supervised if you allow them to roam about a room.
If you want to give them more stimulation while in their cage, consider getting hamster toys to keep them engaged and happy. You don’t need to risk their safety to give them that engagement they’re looking for.
But generally it’s best to avoid letting a hamster roam free because of the reasons listed above.
Can Hamsters Go Outside?
Hamsters should not be allowed outside because they can hurt themselves in an unfamiliar and dangerous environment. If you want to give them more stimulation, consider toys, tubing, a hamster ball, or supervised exploration in your home.
Hamsters are safest in their cage because they are naturally small, prey animals. They are often hunted and because of this they are generally skittish and often try to hide in small areas. Therefore, when hamsters are given free reign to explore a home or even outside, they will hide in spots that you may not be able to find them.
Therefore, when hamsters are left to roam unsupervised, especially outside, it’s unlikely you’ll find them again. Hamsters have lots of natural predators, such as owls, raccoons, coyotes, and more. Essentially anything that is larger than a hamster and eats meat will go after your furry friend.
If you want to keep your hamster safe, keep them inside their cage or let them explore a room in your home while completely supervised. That will give them the stimulation and safety they need to lead a happy and fulfilling life.
If you’re interested in reading more about hamster proofing a room, you can check out these articles and video from similar and reputable sites in the space. They all provide more information on letting your hamster roam free and the best way to prevent any potential issues.
- Hamster Proofing a Room – Hamster Hideout
- How to Free Roam Your Hamster [Video] – Victoria Raechel
- 3 Ways to Supervise Hamsters Out of the Cage – Wikihow
Each of those articles will provide more in-depth information that can be helpful in letting your hamster roam free. It’s such a fun activity and you shouldn’t let the safety issue deter you. Just make sure to create a comfortable space for your hamster to roam and both you and them will have a great time.
Letting your hamster run around your room should be a favorite activity of you and your furry friend. While often times shy, hamsters love to explore and sometimes a small cage can be a little restricting for them. By allowing them some free time in a larger environment, they can become more engaged and feel more fulfilled.
But you want to make sure that your room is hamster proof first. So often hamsters will look for tiny cracks and crevices to hide in or explore. And many times they will be far too small for you to even extract them from.
So before you let your little friend out to explore, make sure to block off small cracks and crevices, furniture, and of course any doors or windows. And don’t let any of your other pets in the room while your hamster is exploring. That’s a good way to give them a big fright!